We still don’t know why Joyce is pushing on with the move to shut Invermay, Dunedin’s impressive AgResearch centre, but it’s still not too late to stop him and the AgResearch board.
Last week, one of the biggest breeds of sheep, Texel breeders voted no confidence in the AgResearch board. The petition continues to grow. Dunedin is alive with the issue, and it’s spreading through particularly sheep farmers, who don’t want this world class institute moved, and most of the world class scientists lost overseas.
The move doesn’t make economic sense – Berl’s independent report has the best case scenario (which no doubt presumes the current scientists stay) being the benefits on the $100 million restructure are within the margin of error, the worst case significantly below that.
So why are they doing it? To bail out Lincoln? To damn Dunedin? To make Joyce look like he’s doing something?
Anyway, there’s still time: www.saveinvermay.co.nz
[Red Alert‘s first post in 2 months is on this!]